In the NBA year, Carmelo Anthony has been on four teams. He’s only played for one of them, the Houston Rockets, but in the complicated world of NBA trades and transactions, he’s
Anthony is currently a member of the Chicago Bulls, though he won’t see the court for them either. The team worked out a deal with the Houston Rockets to acquire the guard this week, but another trade or his waiving is on the horizon. That means that, yet again, Anthony is in search of a new place to play basketball.
This has been a near-constant for Anthony over the last two years or so. It was clear in the end that New York did not want his services, and even his full season on the floor for the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017-18 there was the sense that things were temporary. After all that searching, and now on the search again Anthony says he just wants to find a situation where he can be happy.
Anthony appeared at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, but he was in the crowd to watch Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. But he spoke to MSG during an in-game interview and, according to ESPN, said he’s at peace with where he is in his career.
“At this point, I just want to be happy,” Anthony said during the interview. “I think I’ve put myself in a good, peaceful mind state right now, [being] able to focus in on what I need to focus in on. And whatever’s going to make me happy, then we’re going to make it happen.”
It’s a bit of a non-answer beyond the “be happy” part when you actually think about it for a while, but that might be because it’s really not up to Anthony when it comes to his career. If NBA teams don’t want to give him a chance to play, he might be out of the league. Then he’d have to decide whether playing overseas or turning to a post-playing career is the right move.
Regardless of what happens with his situation in the next few weeks, it sounds like mentally he’s ready for whatever comes next. For now, he just keeps waiting.